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“The best in Lewisberg” 5 of 5 stars
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Julians
102 South Lafayette Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.4145
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
west virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The best in Lewisberg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2008

Julian's is the place to go in Lewisberg. The restaurant is located in a renovated turn of the century house. The interior is quant, a bistro style setting. The wait staff is excellant. The owner is the chef, who travels the world for great new dishes. He has been in business at the same location for 16 years. The food is eclectic a combination of Italian, steak and seafood. His Bolognese sauce is as good as you get in Milan! The owner is involved in the total experience of his guests. He greets and bids everyone a fond farewell. The wine list is superb and quality recommendations of wine will be matched to your food selection. The best of the best!

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“Average food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

We've eaten at Julian's twice since moving to the Lewisburg area. It is tucked into a side street in a turn-of-the-century home converted to the restaurant. The interior has cantaloupe colored walls with photographs and strings of lights. It is reminiscent of restaurants in college towns frequented by students and faculty. Very different and fun. It is a small space so reservations are advised for dinner. The food theme wanders close to Italian but is mostly eclectic. The wait staff is excellent and friendly. Interesting wine list and they are willing to provide recommendations. The food on both occasions was average. Fresh tomato and basil salad suffered from having been marinated in vinaigrette too long. The mushroom soup was flavorful but was just cream and sliced mushrooms. Our main courses (fish) were expertly cooked but suffered from poorly executed and flavorless sauces. Desserts come from a local bakery and are medicore. The owner, Stephen, on both occasions frequented the dining rooms soliciting positive recommendations from diners about the food. He also is the chef although we couldn't figure out how he could be cooking given the large amount of time he spent in the dining room. On the first occasion we found these intrusions annoying. On the second visit (with friends, one of whom is a restaurant critic) the owner was belligerent. He assumed we wouldn't like the food and repeatedly visited the table attemtping to pick a fight. It made for an unpleasant evening that even great food couldn't make up for. We pity the poor diner that honestly shares a negative impression of the food and shares it with the owner. There are other good restaurants in Lewisburg and I would avoid this one.

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